When I was growing up, Halloween was a time to be carefree and dress as your favorite cartoon character or go for the safe choices (princess or witch). I can walk up to any house or any stranger and accept candy without fear of being poisoned or critically injured because some psycho put a razor blade in my candy. But alas, these are the challenges the kiddies today face, so I wanted to offer some safe alternatives for taking your little one trick or treating this Halloween:
District of Columbia
WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 4 pm
EVENT: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit
WHERE: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566 == (800) 444-1324
AGES: 5 and up
This is the 3rd annual Spooktacular concert series where kiddies can come decked out in their creepiest and original costumes and enjoy music as guests investigate a whodunit mystery.
WHEN: October 24-26, 5:30-8:30 pm
EVENT: Boo at the Zoo
WHERE: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 == (202) 633-4888
PRICE: $20 for FONZ members, $30 for nonmembers; PARKING: $5 for FONZ members, $10 for nonmembers
AGES: Kids ages 4-12
This is a super safe environment to bring your kids for some Halloween fun. According to the Zoo’s website, there are nearly 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, which is perfect for the entire family. There are always plenty of snacks from the regular trick or treat goodies to some more wholesome choices for unreasonable sensible parents watching their kid’s sugar intake. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.
WHEN: October 27th
EVENT: PUMPKIN HARVEST & FESTIVAL
WHERE: Butler’s Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland == (301) 972-3299
PRICE: Harvest Days: $7 for adults and children, kids under 1 are free; Pumpkin Festival: $11 per person, kids under 2 are free.
AGES: All ages
Families are invited to take part in a number of autumn activities, including the straw maze, hayloft, a hayride, and of course picking pumpkins!
WHEN: Friday nights, 5-11 pm; Saturdays 10 am-11 pm; Sundays 11 am-7 pm
EVENT: Corn Maze
WHERE: Montpelier Farms, 1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland == (410) 320-0464
PRICE: $10 for adults, $8 for kids 3-12, kids 2 & under are free
AGES: All ages
This place has 7-acre of corn maze. There’s also a smaller “Jack and the Cornstalk” maze for kids. Fall festival runs through November 2.
WHEN: Now Thru November 1
EVENT: Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion,
WHERE: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047 == (804) 876-5000
PRICE: $35 admission, $39 for Saturday admission
AGES: 13 and up
Kings Dominion hosts its annual frightfest for all the ghouls and goblins in the DMV! Kids can go on rides and even take part in some haunted reenactments! Costumes are welcomed.
WHEN: October 31, 2014 3:30-6:30pm
EVENT: Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
WHERE: 3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121 = = (703) 780-2000
PRICE: $10 per adult, $5 per child
AGES: All ages
The historic Mount Vernon is offering a special opportunity to trick-or-treat at George Washington’s estate. And for more adventurous trick-or-treaters there is a scavenger hunt stopping at 12 locations.
I hope this list will get you and the family on the right track for having a happy and safe Halloween. Happy trick or treating!